HAPPY WIFE DAY, HONEY!

Dear Editor:

I completely agree with Diane Blanco on her recent article, “Every day really should be Mother’s Day.” I also think there should be a “Wife Day.” Come September 2018, I have had my wife for 63 years. She was my girlfriend since we were 12. Never once has she let me down. In 1993, I had to close my business; that drive home was terrible. I didn’t know how I was going to tell my wife. She listened and then took charge. We went back to the store and collected all of our personal property, brought it home and put it in the garage. We began to put our plans for the future into action. If having such a loving wife wasn’t enough, we were so fortunate to have Cynthia Calvert for our neighbor. She rallied right behind us and got all the neighbors to support us also. Cynthia is also a wife, mother and businesswoman. To this day, she is in our prayers every day. Through the years, my wife has been by my side. There have been some hard times and some blessed times. My rock has been there. After the grocery business, I tried many things; however, I couldn’t find the right fit. I finally got into the health field. After three months of school, I went to work for the hospital in Humble. After a short time, they offered to pay for my tuition to further my knowledge in medicine. It was a difficult time. My mom had been put in a wheelchair, my mother-in-law had dementia, and my brother-in-law passed, who had been in our care for many years. We were the only caregivers. Once again my wife stepped up to the plate and made it all possible. During this time, I could be of no help. I went to school Monday through Thursday. I had to spent a lot of time studying. The hospital allowed for me to work Friday through Sunday and get in my 40 hours. We made it and I worked there for 10 years. Now approaching my 80th birthday, my health is not good. My wife does it all. I know sometimes she must feel like screaming. When I bring it up, she just says, “You would do it for me.” Happy Wife Day, Honey!

Rocco “Buddy” Costa

Kingwood

DEFAMED?

Dear Editor:

Re: Porn star Daniels sues Trump for defamation. Stephanie Clifford, AKA Stormy Daniels, is a self-admitted pornographic film star. Wouldn’t any sane judge toss that as a frivolous lawsuit by definition and an oxymoron? Alternately, is her attorney an anti-Trumper seeking to destroy our POTUS?


Robert L. Gabler

Kingwood

KUDOS AND TELL ME MORE!

Dear Editor:

Regarding Jacqueline Havelka’s recent article, “Post-Harvey: What has happened since Gov. Abbott visited Kingwood?” This was an excellent article in The Tribune – very informative and useful information. Do you have a list of all sand mines that are registered with the TCEQ in Montgomery and Harris counties near the San Jacinto River and all sand mines that are operating in Montgomery and Harris counties near the San Jacinto

River that are not registered with the TCEQ? I have queried the TCEQ data base, but the results and their exact locations are still not clear to me. I am a resident of Kingwood and flooded post-Harvey.  I am very interested in finding out more about these sand mines and exactly how they’re regulated.River that are not registered with the TCEQ? I have queried the TCEQ data base, but the results and their exact locations are still not clear to me. I am a resident of Kingwood and flooded post-Harvey.  I am very interested in finding out more about these sand mines and exactly how they’re regulated.


Mary Garrett

Kingwood


THANKS JACQUELINE!

Dear Editor:

I want to thank Jacqueline Havelka for her excellent article entitled “Post-Harvey: What has happened since Gov. Abbott visited Kingwood?” I greatly appreciate her keeping us appraised of the critical efforts to rebuild Kingwood from the flood and to prevent a catastrophic recurrence.

Joe Baehlvia

via email

TROY'S A HAPPY BOY!

Dear Editor:

Thank you so much for putting Troy Austin’s pic in the paper. You made this little guy’s week! It means so much to him. He’s carrying the paper around with him wherever he goes. Thank you, big time! 

The Austins

via email

‘PORTRAIT OF A TRUMP SUPORTER'

Dear Editor:

Kingwood resident X (an avid Trump supporter) recently voiced his thoughts about Muslims and Latino immigrants. I believe they represent Trump’s thoughts. I contrasted the Statue of Liberty to Trump’s proposed wall on our southern border, and I reminded X that many of our ancestors came here to escape the religious persecution they encountered in England. X replied, “Yes, they were fleeing religious oppression and their religious beliefs did not include ‘Jihad’ to conquer and impose a totally foreign (read: absurd) religion on everyone.” That statement reminds me of Trump’s 2015 proposal to ban all Muslims from entering the United States. Many Americans probably share X’s view that every Muslim is an enemy of the United States. X also said, “You and I like living in Kingwood. Would you like to have a family of poor, illiterate Salvadorans who speak no English move in next door to you? How about several more on your street? Many more in your village? Or would you prefer middle-class Europeans instead who speak our language?” In 1982, I found myself in an unfamiliar part of Houston. I stopped to use a pay phone. Unfortunately, I left my wallet there. Five minutes later I returned to the store; my wallet was gone! When I got home, I learned that a Latina had found my wallet. She directed me to her home. She lived in a shack with her three young children. She returned my wallet with its entire contents (including cash) intact! Never will I forget her. I would rather have her as my neighbor than some of those I know who live in River Oaks.  If she did not speak English, then I would help her learn English, and she could help me improve my Spanish. 

Bill Bailey

Kingwood

HURRICANE SEASON IS HERE 

Dear Editor:

April was a busy month for the District E Office and that continues as we prepare for the upcoming hurricane season and continue to monitor and evaluate progress on the local, state and federal levels on post-Harvey progress. The Army Corps of Engineers held a pre-bid conference last week and is expected to bid the dredging project within the next few weeks. Shortly after the contract is awarded, the dredging of the west fork of the San Jacinto River is expected to occur as soon as the contractor can get mobilized. Once there is a confirmed dredging start date, we will provide notification to the community. Additionally, the City of Houston submitted a Notice of Intent to apply for a Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief- 4332 Grant for the addition of flood control infrastructure on the Lake Houston Dam Spillway. It is important to note that hurricane season begins June 1 and runs through Nov. 1. To ensure that you are prepared, please follow these suggestions: determine your risk; develop an evacuation plan; secure an insurance check-up; assemble disaster supplies; strengthen your home; identify your trusted sources of information for a hurricane event; and complete your written hurricane plan. The city also offers a free Disaster Preparedness Guide for all Houston residents, which is available for download at houstonoem.org. For a free, printed copy of the guide, residents can call 3-1-1 at 713-837-0311. This guide aides Houstonians through the emergency preparedness process, which includes having an emergency kit, a disaster plan, staying informed and knowing your neighbors. Other flood resources that you may find helpful may be found on the Houston Office of Emergency Management, and United States Geological Survey, as well as the Harris County Flood Warning System websites.

Dave Martin

Houston City Council


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